I was subjected to airplanes at an early age. My father had a number of planes starting with a Piper Cub and moving on to a Cessna 195, Engineering Research 415c Ercoupes, a Tri-Pacer, and several Piper Cherokees including a Cherokee 6. They were all cool in their own way and learning to fly them (when I wasn't mowing the runway) was an adventure. The 195 was a massive radial-engined taildragger impossible to see out of when taxiing. The Ercoupes were all-metal, low-wing, tricycle gear, twin-tailed marvels like a miniature B-25.
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I have always believed design should be directed at purpose. For kites, that means ultimate performance for the intended activity. I have also, since early sailing days, firmly believed upwind ability is the mark of performance for most any exclusively wind-driven craft.
Clearly it is an advantage for numerous reasons not the least of which is safety and convenience. In reality, upwind ability is a matter of degree and as it improves, becomes more difficult to achieve. A challenge of detail and precision often with hidden secrets only found through trying unusual combinations of parameters.